Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service Prince’s Trust Team 64 from Nelson has spent the last two weeks working tirelessly with local businesses and organisations to generate much needed donations to help combat food poverty. The Prince’s Trust programme runs for twelve weeks and during this the young people have to do a community project. We are really pleased to have continued to be able to deliver the programmes during lockdown using Microsoft Teams however managed to get the group together for the first time to work on the community project, whilst of course practicing social distancing and wearing face coverings.
Community projects are geared to the needs of the local community and make a real and lasting impact on it. After speaking to Leona at Morrisons and discovering a shocking statistic that 1 in 2 families will go hungry in the Pendle area during Covid, we knew we had to help. This year has presented us all with many challenges and our young people having been directly affected during this time wanted to ease the pressures of some families by making a marked difference to this statistic.
Foodbanks have literally been a lifeline for many vulnerable families and without it many would go without a healthy balanced meal. Despite many people falling on hard times throughout the pandemic we have had an overwhelming response, and support. The donations we have received from our local community has been extremely humbling and above our greatest expectations.
Team 64 would like to thank Leona Taylor, Community Champion at Morrisons for her assistance, the stores generous food donations and the continued partnership working. Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service are proud to work in collaboration with their local community; helping fight food poverty. Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service Prince’s Trust are immensely proud of the hard work of Team 64. This community project has given them a great sense of achievement to know that many families will not be left without food through these difficult times we are all facing.
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